Our presence in California
The Religious Sisters of Charity were founded in 1815, by Mary Aikenhead where she laid the foundations for the work of our congregation, by founding a hospital, founding a school, and visiting poor people in their homes.
California - 1953
At the invitation of Cardinal McIntyre 5 of our sisters arrived in Long Beach, California in 1953. St Cornelius’ was a new parish and new school and the sisters were invited by the parish priest to teach in the new school. Sisters were invited to more schools in the next few years.
The sisters branched out into different ministries accompanying those made poor in a variety of areas: counselling, prison ministry, spiritual direction and retreat work, work with the homeless, immigrants and refugees, victims of human trafficking.
Our work today still falls into those same three categories of ministry, as our founder, Mary Aikenhead’s work did:
- Education ministry
- Healthcare ministry
- Pastoral/social ministry
See the form our work takes in the Californian Province, detailed below.